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Battle Creek - S01 E12

Crime . Drama . Comedy
 

After a local high school football coach is murdered, information concerning Russ' childhood comes to the surface.

 
Episode Title: Homecoming
Airs: 2015-5-17 at 10:00 pm
  • Jeff Korbelik

    This one’s super funny, especially the scenes featuring Winters and Duhamel together. Talk about chemistry.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Judging only the pilot episode, the banter between them (Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel) can be fun and Gilligan’s influence lends a nice, creepy sheen to the notion that menace lurks anywhere, even (or especially?) in the upper Midwest.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    There’s a lot of lying going on in this police headquarters. A lot of smart, superbly sustained entertainment, too.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Battle Creek may be a little low-boil compared to other network mysteries, which I don't account a fault; even when it runs to caricature, it stays convincing. And if it doesn't break any new ground, it nevertheless feels fresh and genuine.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Aspects of Battle Creek seem familiar, to be sure, yet it registers high on the giddy scale thanks to energetic direction, clever writing and the comic chemistry generated by Duhamel and Winters.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    It's definitely a smart, clever spin on the old opposite-personalities buddy-cop formula, with a terrific ensemble cast and immensely likable characters.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Battle Creek is a whimsical, even genial, cop show.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It helps that Mr. Winters and Mr. Duhamel give performances that add some glints of complexity to their surface charm, and that the writers avoid many of the usual clichés. This is an engaging series about a likable bunch of co-workers that isn’t too sweet or predictable.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Duhamel and Winters were born to share the screen as the odd couple who must solve a seriously strange series of crimes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The cases-of-the-week here are not groundbreaking but some are a bit wacky (death by maple syrup), and Battle Creek promises at least one grand mystery--if Duhamel's FBI agent is such an ace, what did he do to rate a posting in beleaguered Battle Creek? Agnew is chomping at the bit to find out, and so are we.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    A classic buddy dramedy about mismatched people forced to work together, Battle Creek is fast-paced and clever.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The five episodes I’ve seen have enough small pleasures to carry them to their finish lines. Just don’t expect to be blown away.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    f you go in looking for another "Breaking Bad," you'll be sorely disappointed--even if the second episode contains several visual nods to the work of Heisenberg--but if you're looking for a snappy cop show, you should do okay.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Shore has written this adroitly enough and Winters and Duhamel are two good and seasoned actors who easily locate what's most endearing, or at least what's most amusing about their respective characters.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Russ's obsession with Milt's past overwhelms some of the upcoming episodes, and sentiment derails a few others. Still, the cast is strong, and in a season where so many series (some of them excellent) lean toward the grim, Creek's sunnier approach makes for a nice change.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Other episodes seem fairly standard fare, entertaining and involving enough on their own, but lacking the offbeat quirkiness of maple syrup drownings. If the “straightforward” episodes weren’t so well written and directed, this could be a problem of consistency, but as it is, the series is fun and only slightly flawed.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Once Duhamel and Winters settle into a rhythm and begin showing more nuanced aspects of their characters, I began to enjoy "Battle Creek" for the light, reasonably well-constructed crime drama that it is, and as the season develops, Shore is able to do a few interesting things with the question of whether people can truly change.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Battle Creek works best when it lays on the quirkiness and sputters a bit when it gets too coy or sappy about the crimes the detectives are solving. But the series, thanks to Winters and Duhamel, is very entertaining and kills an hour with ease (as most good CBS procedurals do).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Judging by the first handful of episodes, Battle Creek is a tad more eccentric than the usual CBS drama, a refreshing step beyond the procedural format. Not a challenging series, but a watchable one.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    As CBS procedurals go, Battle Creek is smarter and a little funnier than average.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    While it by no means reinvents the concept, it is an entertaining-enough diversion that has sufficient fresh--or freshly recycled--elements to differentiate it from its ubiquitous procedural brethren.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While Battle Creek hews relatively close to CBS’ procedural comfort zone, the series also exhibits the wry, slightly jaundiced view of the world that has always characterized Gilligan’s work.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    With engaging lead performances by Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, along with a crisp, witty script, the premiere of “Battle Creek” is entertaining, it just doesn’t feel as essential as the previous programs from its creators

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Think of Battle Creek not as Milt’s tricked out FBI SUV or Russ’ dying compact, but as the car Gilligan once gave Walter White: Reliable, kind of dorky and a little bit funky, Battle Creek is the Pontiac Aztek of cop shows.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tom Long

    This show fits perfectly into the network's mystery/cop-heavy schedule and audiences should be able to blur right through it comfortably. As comfortable blurs go, Battle Creek is indeed a success.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    CBS' newest cop show has ambition and potential. It just needs a few sparks to ignite.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Battle Creek is unlikely to inspire the same kind of praise and devotion as Breaking Bad, but it’s an entertaining exercise in typical TV crime-solving.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    In the aftermath of Breaking Bad, which revolutionized the crime drama, Battle Creek still feels today like a procedural from 2002.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    At its best, Battle Creek reaches for the witty whimsy of another out-of-the-way-location CBS series such as Northern Exposure. But most of the time, Battle Creek just seems like an only slightly jauntier police procedural than the ones that overrun network TV.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
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